STRETFORD Fire Station opened its doors to young offenders
looking for creative inspiration recently as part of an art project
in partnership with a Manchester radio station.
The Trafford Youth Offending Team took a group of six youngsters
to the fire station on Park Road where they spent the day with
journalists, broadcasters and the Key103 Media Bus.
Through a range of art and creative activities, the youngsters
learned about photography, how to set up an online CV, how to be a
radio presenter and microphone skills for being in a professional
studio, as well as learning vital fire and personal safety
The youngsters were given a tour of the fire station by Watch
Manager Mike O'Neill and shown a road traffic collision
demonstration by Green Watch crews, and they were supported
throughout the day by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) community safety team members Adam Tormey and Kate
Community Safety Advisor Kate said: "The day was a huge success
and the young people gained a lot from it.
"There was one young person in particular who showed a keen
interest in our Prince's Trust scheme so we arranged for the
Charity to give them some further information about the course,
which was a really positive outcome."
The GMFRS' Prince's Trust scheme is a 12-week course aimed at
unemployed young people aged between 16 and 25.
The programme, which GMFRS has been delivering for the last 10
years, runs three times a year and gives young people the chance to
build confidence and motivation while working towards
qualifications and taking part in exciting community projects and
team building activities.
Stretford's event was part of Key2Radio - an innovative scheme
that gives young offenders the opportunity to develop their arts,
broadcast and social skills, and to gain a national
The project, funded through the Arts Council, is delivered by a
partnership between the radio station and the arts charity TiPP,
which specialises in arts provision in the Criminal Justice System
and similar settings.
At the end of each project the participants receive an official
qualification through the Arts Award scheme and they mark their
success with a celebratory event with family and friends.
Since the pilot project ran in early 2012, the programme has
been rolled out in Youth Offending Services in Salford, Bolton and
Manchester, and 15 young people have received an Arts Award
certificate - a nationally-recognised qualification in arts and
Stretford Station Manager Gethin Curzon said: "The projects are
timed to run in the school holidays to fit in with the young people
and the activities take place at the radio station itself and
various locations over the week - such as fire stations and
"It's a great project to be involved in because the young people
can engage with fire crews in a positive environment and learn
about fire safety and the importance of keeping safe amongst other
To find out more about GMFRS' Prince's Trust programme, please